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My Buys and Byes for Fall Quarter

My Buys and Byes for Fall Quarter

Hello all! Welcome back to UChicago and welcome back to the billionth edition of “Yeju Talks about Makeup.” While I’d love to give you an update on my summer edit of my makeup binging, I’ll save you the hundreds dollars of regret and start the quarter off with something cheery. Here are the products I’ve been obsessed with recently that you should add to your collections and then I’ll give you a little “Do Not Buy” warning for some.

So, what am I loving this fall?

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Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Cleanser

With a new formula and packaging, K-Beauty’s up and coming brand Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Cleaner has replaced all Boscia and Glam Glow products in my makeup lineup. The smooth, oil-removing, and gentle cleanser is perfect for night-time skincare rituals to get rid of makeup or any excess oils. Not to mention, it smells great and looks great on shelves.

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Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer

One of my summer impulse-buys, this product finally got me into primer. Normally, I think primer is a gimmick; Benefit’s Porefessional and Tarte’s Poreless Primer were too much dimethicone for my liking. But this is a lightweight, gel-based, vitamin-infused primer that creates a natural and dewy complexion for foundation. On good skin days, I even opt out of foundation and wear the primer as an illuminating base.

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Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

The Glosser pop-up in Chicago might have changed my make-up game forever. I’ve officially opted for no-makeup makeup with this skin tint. Foundation has always been a shaky game for me, but this actually makes my skin look like a better version of itself. Paired with the Laura Mercier primer, I feel like I’m not even wearing makeup at all, but get just enough coverage for an even look.

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And… here’s what we’re ditching this fall…

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Sonia Kashuk Silicone Makeup Blender

I was really late to the silicone beauty blender trend, and I totally understand why the hype didn’t have me on the bandwagon immediately. After hearing that this blender was much more “hygenic” and saves more product than the normal sponges, I picked one up at Target. To my dismay, it’s literally the worst thing to happen to my makeup routine. The sponge doesn’t help blend at all. In fact, it pushes foundation all over your face without putting product in your pores. I also noticed that using this product made my makeup look cakey, leading to breakout prone skin. I’ll take a pass on that. Overall, it’s messy and doesn’t feel useful.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray

I didn’t realize I’d ever want to ditch this product since it served as a great moisturizing spray, quick fix for dryness on off-days, and a primer if necessary. But since I switched to Boscia’s Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel, I’ve been having better skin days and have seen my pores reduce in size. It’s not necessarily a bad product, but it’s just not the best anymore.

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